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ESMT AI for Managers

AI for Managers

Executive education program in English

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.2)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 20. - 22. Mar 2024
3,350 €

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.3)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 25. - 27. Nov 2024
3,350 €

Embrace the potential of AI

Joint program with:

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AI is reshaping the world of business and opening up new horizons for value creation. As AI applications become more integrated into our everyday lives, there are ever increasing opportunities to enhance existing products, processes and services or create entirely new ones.

Whether you are a seasoned executive or an aspiring leader, it is crucial that you understand how to leverage and implement this power. In AI for Managers, you will be deeply immersed in this exciting new technology, and develop the skills required to unlock its potential in your organization.

ESMT Berlin has partnered with Europe's largest AI investment platform Merantix, to deliver an interactive syllabus with experts and practitioners, directly on the Merantix AI campus and ESMT campus in Berlin.

  • Develop a strategic vision and a practical roadmap for AI in your organization
  • Unlock new skills and insights you can use to embrace the potential of AI
  • Connect with and learn from founders in the AI startup scene
  • Master the essentials of AI; its terminology, capabilities, limitations and future potential.

AI is the future of business, and you can be part of it.

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.2)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 20. - 22. Mar 2024
3,350 €

AI for Managers – Embracing the potential of AI (AIM.3)

Duration: 3 Days
Location: Berlin
Dates: 25. - 27. Nov 2024
3,350 €

Your profile

  • You are a mid-to-senior level executive, with eight or more years of experience 

  • You want to gain a strategic understanding of AI and its applications 

  • You want to upskill and advance your career and prepare for an AI-led future  

  • You are a founder or entrepreneur who wants to create or expand your business in the field of AI 


  • Explore the practical applications and use cases of AI across various industries 

  • Learn how to develop a successful AI strategy for your business  

  • Understand the core challenges of AI implementation, and how to avoid common pitfalls 

  • Develop your understanding of AI regulations, fairness and ethics

  • Network with business leaders and tech experts; share experiences and best practices in AI implementation 

  • Connect with the AI startup scene and learn from founders who are building relevant, innovative use cases 


  • Foundations of AI - What are AI and machine learning

  • Decision-making in the age of the machine

  • The business value of AI – practical use case examples

  • The data value chain – the importance of data

  • From AI idea to RoAI- what makes a good AI use case

  • AI strategy and AI implementation – leveraging AI to create value

  • Ethics and AI – fairness, bias and transparency

  • The law of generative AI – a regulatory perspective

  • Exchange with AI startups - connect with the preeminent European AI ecosystem


Find out more.

An introduction to AI for Managers

Dive deeper into AI for Managers and how it helps to equip leaders with the tools to effectively leverage AI tools.

Meet our teaching staff

The program will be led by ESMT faculty members, ESMT visiting faculty and renowned Merantix AI experts. They will guide and advise you throughout your studies.

Carolin Puppel

Program Director, Executive Programs, ESMT Berlin

Urs Müller

Visiting Lecturer, ESMT Berlin and Associate Professor of Practice, SDA Bocconi

Philipp Hacker

Professor of Law and Ethics of the Digital Society, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), European New School of Digital Studies, Germany

Nicole Büttner

CEO and founder of Merantix Momentum, board member of Merantix AG. AI entrepreneur and investor

Moritz Schröder

Strategy Lead at Merantix Momentum

Program Structure

Day 1

Foundations of the AI journey (ESMT Campus)


On the first day, you will gain a solid understanding of the fundamentals of AI, including its terminology, capabilities and limitations. You will also examine how AI is transforming decision-making processes and how machines may eventually change the role of humans in decision-making. We will explore the practical applications of AI across various industries and organizations and learn from real-world examples. You will evaluate the AI maturity level of your business and learn how to lead a successful AI strategy. To round up the day, you will explore the data value chain and discover how to find and use valuable data for AI solutions.


Day 2

Developing and implementing AI solutions (Merantix AI Campus)


On the second day, you will explore how to put ideas into action. You will learn how to identify and evaluate potential AI use cases and how to measure their success (RoAI). You will examine the core challenges and how to avoid the common pitfalls of AI implementation. In a hands-on workshop, you will dive into the different steps of developing an AI application using an AI business canvas. Next, you will explore what a roadmap could look like for scaling AI successfully in your business. To round out the day, you will have the opportunity to discuss with startup founders about implementing AI in your company.

Day 3

AI Implications - Skills, Regulations and Ethics (ESMT Campus)


On the third and final day, you will learn how to contextualize AI in your business and society. This includes exploring the effects of AI on the workforce, including the skill profiles, leadership techniques, and team productivity. In addition, the course will cover essential EU laws and regulations that address AI in general, as well as generative models in particular. Attendees will also receive practical recommendations for ensuring company-wide compliance. Ethical considerations related to AI will be discussed, including bias, privacy, fairness, and accountability, and how they affect businesses and society. Finally, participants will gain an outlook on the latest AI trends and what to expect in the field over the next five years.

How you will learn

The program offers an engaging and high-impact learning experience through strategically combining a variety of interactive teaching methods, such as: lectures by leading academics and experts in the field; group discussions; hands-on activities to apply and practice newly acquired insights; the case study method as a means to illustrate and analyze real-life examples. On-site engagement with AI start-ups at the Merantix AI Campus enrich reflections on collaboration.

About Merantix

Berlin-based Merantix is the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) platform dedicated to researching, building and investing in AI companies. The company’s offering is threefold, comprising a Venture Studio & Investment arm (‘Merantix’), an AI research and solutions provider (‘Merantix Momentum’), and a physical AI collaboration hub (‘Merantix AI Campus’). Via this unique combination, Merantix has pioneered the transfer of AI research into real-world applications by building startups from scratch as well as supporting existing companies to accelerate the research transfer. 



Great overview of AI technology - every theoretical part is manifested by practical work.

André Lux, Head of IT Europe, Dayton Progress GmbH

Well balanced theory and practical approach. Good selection of presenters and content to not only explain but provide insights and practical advises. Learning by doing in a nutshell.

Dieter Kerkhoff, Executive Strategy & Business Consultant

The program brings a new and unique perspective on how to enable different AI capabilities within business. I would recommend this course to anyone who is open to innovation and wants to keep up with the changing world.

Arta Saulite, VP | Global Legal, Compliance & Risk Operations, Allianz Global Investors

Great introduction to AI and the opportunities & challenges it brings for individuals and corporations.

Joaquin Molina, Global Head Human Resources at RWE Supply & Trading

Fantastic three days with insights about decision making in the age of the machine to the basics of machine learning and data value chains to legal and ethical principles.

Stefan Fesl, HR Executive

Great experience and amazing insights into the business application of AI. I highly recommend it.

Sven Büsing, Director Retail Commercial & Sales Operations at Diebold Nixdorf
Postgraduate Diploma in Management

This program can also be taken as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management curriculum. Bring your career to the next level and gain the formal recognition of your professional development with this university-level certificate.

Your Program Advisor

Your program advisor

​​​​​​​Beatrix Becker
Head of Business Development, ESMT Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231 6205

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